November 8-10, 2024
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

• FRIDAY: 5 - 9 pm • SATURDAY: 10 am - 7 pm • SUNDAY: 10 am - 5 pm

November 8-10, 2024
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

• FRIDAY: 5 - 9 pm • SATURDAY: 10 am - 7 pm • SUNDAY: 10 am - 5 pm

November 8-10, 2024
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

FRIDAY: 5 - 9 pm • SATURDAY: 10 am - 7 pm • SUNDAY: 10 am - 5 pm

2023 Highlights

Pet Costume Contest 

Sponsored by Just Pay Half
Dress up your pet and compete for prizes at the ever-popular Pet Costume Contest. Val Porter of 102.5 DVE serves as emcee of this competition for dogs of all sizes and competitors of all species. 

Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy

Competition takes place Sunday at 3 pm
Advance registration on site 
Sunday: 1 – 3 pm in contest area.
» Download and complete the form.
Bring it to the Pet Costume area at Animal Arena. 

Ambridge Turtle Racing and Pittsburgh Racing Turtles

Sponsored by Dollar Bank

Experience the excitement of NASCAR… but at a slower pace. 321 Creative Studios and Off the Hook Exotic Pets team up to present Pittsburgh Racing Turtles. Watch the competition or join in the races as heats take place throughout the day. Pick your sponsored turtles from Pit-row and enjoy the Turtleriffic tension of shell-to-shell competition!

Starting 30 minutes after opening.
Then every 15 to 20 minutes throughout the day.

Pork Chop Revue

Get ready for an unforgettable family show filled with comedy and an entertaining cast of performing pigs and hogs  —  swine of all kind. Performed in a barnyard atmosphere, porkers and barnyard buddies delight you with a display of amazing stunts and laughable antics. Oink the Singing Pig, a true memory-creating critter, brings joy to young and old alike!

5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Live Animal Encounter

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Mini Museum brings animal specimens from the museum to investigate, a hands/paws-on experience to explore and take pictures with our genuine and replica fossils, and a mix of both human educators and animal ambassadors that will be rotating throughout the weekend to chat and explore with folks visiting our Mini Museum tent!

Animals throughout weekend

Aim High! With High Performance Canines

High Performance Canines isn’t just a show – it’s an experience! The family-friendly spectacle engages pet lovers of all ages with high speed agility races, world class freestyling frisbee dogs, death-defying daredevil stunts and more. This year’s guest performer is AGT season 12 finalist Sara Carson and her amazing pack of Super Collies. Join the HiPoK9 experience!

Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy

Friday: 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am, 1 pm

Parrot Rescue

Watch in amazement as experts showcase a bevy of beautiful birds! Heart & Soul Parrot Rescue makes learning fun as handlers discuss how parrots are wild animals that need to be treated in special ways while in captivity.

Shows throughout weekend

Shelters & Rescues

Looking to add a new member to the family? Whether considering a playful kitten or mature canine, opportunities abound. Local shelters and breed rescue groups can help you find the perfect match.

Visit throughout weekend

Santa Paws Photos 

Sponsored by Invisible Fence
Santa visits Pittsburgh Pet Expo to find out which furry friends have been naughty or nice. Your pet can pose with Santa for a selfie.

Photos throughout weekend up to one hour before show ends each day.

Luring 101 

It’s the perfect sport and great exercise for dogs that love to chase. Lure coursing takes full advantage of a dog’s natural ability to fix its sight on and chase a target. Bring your dog and let the fun begin!

Chasing throughout weekend
Register on-site.

Rabbit Hopping

Adventure Bunny and friends spend the weekend entertaining, educating and making you laugh with their silly antics. Stop by for rabbit hopping demonstrations, course time, and seminars!

5-9 pm Hopping Warm-ups 
Saturday: 10 am-Noon – Rabbit Hopping Class (Preregistration Only) For more information 
» Click Here
1:30, 3:30, 5:30 pm – Demonstrations
Sunday: 10 am-Noon – Rabbit Hopping Class (Preregistration Only) For more information 
» Click Here
1:30, 3, 4 pm Demonstrations  

Bring your guinea pig to the show and let it run the agility course!


Keeping Pet Owners Healthy

UPMC Health Plan works to keep pet owners healthy. Look for the bright purple van and stop by for free blood pressure screenings, bone density tests and height/weight checks. At UPMC Health Plan’s booth you can snap a pic at the selfie station, snag fun giveaways, and more!

Screenings throughout weekend

Dock Diving 

International Dog Sports (IDS), an international network of dog sport facilities, is changing the face of dog sports and getting back to having fun! So prepare for some “big air” excitement and plan on getting wet.


Friday: 5 pm — 9 pm 
Community Try Its
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Horizon Rounds #1-4
5 pm — Eclipse/Fetch it
Sunday: 10 am — 4 pm Horizon Rounds #1-4

For more information and to register. 
» Click Here

Reptile Adventures

Reptile Adventures offers the most unique reptile experience you will ever encounter! Visit a vast collection of docile and stunning reptiles. Take a photo with one of the incredible reptiles — and take advantage of an opportunity to not just see but interact with some of the most amazing animals on the planet.

Reptiles throughout the weekend

Doxie Downs National Dachshund Races 

Sponsored by Pittsburgh City Paper
International Wiener Dog Racing Federation (WDRF) proudly sanctions this race with events for the entire family. Watch, laugh, cheer and support very worthy Dachshund charities. 

Races throughout weekend

Let your Dachshund race! 
» Register Here

Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans

Join trainers, veterans and their service dogs to hear how these life-changing canines transform and save lives. This 30-minute discussion sheds light on how service dogs are trained and then paired with local veterans to help them heal and reconnect with society.

Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy
8 pm
Saturday: 2 pm

Pawsitively Famous

Think your pet could be a model or animal actor? Dawn Wolfe, the Showbiz Agent to the Pet Stars and owner of Pawsitively Famous — one of the top animal talent agencies in the business — is eager to meet you and your pet for open auditions all weekend. No appointment required; just bring your dog, cat, bunny, ferret or bird for a one-on-one audition.

Sponsored by Giant Eagle Pet Pharmacy
7 pm
Saturday: Noon, 5 pm
Sunday: Noon,  2 pm

Weight Pulling 

Laurel Highlands Working Dogs hosts this competition sanctioned by the World Wide Weight Pull Organization (W3PO). During a competition similar to the World’s Strongest Man Competition for human power lifters, trained dogs pull a weighted cart in single-eliminations until only the strongest dog remains.Your dog can participate! Complete the form linked below and send in advance of the show.

Pulling starts:
Friday: 5:15 pm
Saturday: 10:15 am
Sunday: 10:15 am

Compete with your dog! 
» Weight Pull email
 or download » Weight-pull-form

Vaccines & Microchipping
by Fix’N Wag’N

Fix’N Wag’N offers a low-cost vaccine clinic and microchipping for dogs and cats! Three-year vaccines can be administered with proof of prior vaccination with an expiration date. A $10 tech fee is charged for each pet receiving a vaccine or microchip (cash or card accepted).

Fri: 5 — 9 pm
Sat: 10 am — 5 pm
Sun: 10 am — 2:00 pm

For more information 
» Click Here

Zoom Room Agility  

Visit Zoom Room – and bring your furry friend – to try our professional grade agility course. Join your dog on the course and have a blast navigating the obstacles! Trainers will be on hand to guide newcomers and explain all that takes place at Zoom Room Cranberry.

Agility throughout the weekend